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Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Abuse

Moving a loved one into a nursing home is a difficult decision. Often, families make this call when the care needs of an elder exceed their abilities. According to the CDC, more than 70,000 people are nursing home residents in Florida. Sadly, every year, there are reported cases of nursing abuse. For the protection of their loved ones, families must look for signs of physical or mental maltreatment.

Physical signs of elder abuse

Working with elderly residents can be a stressful job. Every day, nursing home employees must make certain that residents receive the proper care. Some of these elders might be difficult or uncooperative. When things get challenging, a nurse might take out their frustration on someone in their care.

In some cases, the caregiver subjects the elder to rough handling. The resident moves too slowly, and the caregiver tries to speed through actions like getting out of bed or getting dressed. This treatment can lead to broken bones, pulled muscles and falls. In the worst cases, a resident falls victim to intentional violence. Some other physical signs of nursing abuse include:

  • Bruises
  • Scrapes
  • Head injuries
  • Back injuries

Neglect and abuse

Senior care facilities are supposed to provide for the nutritional and social needs of residents. The failure to meet these requirements is another form of abuse. Elder neglect causes a decline in both the physical and mental well-being of residents. If a resident is not receiving proper nutrition, it can cause brittle bones and thin skin. You may frequently notice minor injuries when you visit your loved one.

Maintaining nursing home accountability

Because elderly people are often less steady on their feet, nursing home injuries are not uncommon. However, a nursing facility should do everything possible to keep its residents safe. When there is an injury, there should be documentation to explain where and how it happened. Unexplained injuries may be a sign of abuse. If you suspect that your loved ones are not receiving the treatment they deserve, reporting the issue is part of showing that you care.

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